\ ˈkrest How to pronounce crest (audio) \

Definition of crest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a showy tuft or process on the head of an animal and especially a bird — see bird illustration
b : the plume or identifying emblem worn on a knight's helmet also : the top of a helmet
c(1) : a heraldic representation of the crest
(2) : a heraldic device depicted above the escutcheon (see escutcheon sense 1) but not upon a helmet
d : a ridge or prominence on a part of an animal body
2 : something suggesting a crest especially in being an upper prominence, edge, or limit: such as
a : peak especially : the top line of a mountain or hill
b : the ridge of a roof
c : the top of a wave
3a : a high point of an action or process and especially of one that is rhythmic
b : climax, culmination at the crest of his fame


crested; cresting; crests

Definition of crest (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with a crest also : crown
2 : to reach the crest of crested the hill and looked around

intransitive verb

: to rise to a crest waves cresting in the storm

Other Words from crest


crestal \ ˈkre-​stᵊl How to pronounce crest (audio) \ adjective
crestless \ ˈkrest-​ləs How to pronounce crest (audio) \ adjective

Examples of crest in a Sentence

Noun at that point the filmmaker was at the crest of his critical acclaim, which included winning an Oscar the hiking party reached the crest of the mountain just as it began to thunder Verb We crested the hill and looked out around us.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tahoe is built into the side of a canyon cut by the South Fork American River down the western slopes of the Sierra crest, just over the hill from the Lake Tahoe basin. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Nov. 2021 The title track’s glowing, crystalline power electronics crest into a swell of guitar distortion, surging from choral to metal. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2021 Bertozzo has detailed the injuries suffered by one Parasaurolophus walkeri, a dinosaur with a long, curved crest. Katie Hunt, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 The summit is a hulking granite crest that divides the western slopes from the rugged Eastern Sierra ridges. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Sep. 2021 The hill beyond the museum lures you forward toward the crest, where a vast lawn rolls gently down through the legs of the arch to grand staircases and wheelchair-friendly ramps descending to the river and a regional bike path. Steven Litt, cleveland, 15 Aug. 2021 The crest — a big 5-0 medallion marking the upcoming Walt Disney World celebration — did not disappoint. Dewayne Bevil,, 29 July 2021 Tsunamis wrap up the eastern seaboard, smash into the eastern coast of the United States, and, six hours after impact, crest as 600-foot-high walls of water in Europe, Africa, and the Mediterranean coasts. Cody Cassidy, Wired, 9 Apr. 2021 Available in clover green and shades of white combinations, each piece is branded with The Carlyle’s iconic crest, an emblem of Manhattan’s Upper East Side glamour and luxury. Annie Davidson, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ameera Shah, managing director of laboratory chain Metropolis Healthcare, predicts an enormous swell of infections that may not crest until February. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, 12 Jan. 2022 The movement seemed to crest in the first months of the pandemic, as writers newly intimate with the routines of spouses and roommates—or with their own restlessness—sought peace with newfound desperation. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021 But the tendency didn’t just crest in that difficult moment. Charlene K. Lau, The Atlantic, 16 Nov. 2021 Blair is a band of Brooklyn zoomers steeped in ’90s DIY indie and frayed emo who make melodic, shambolic rock songs that crest and fall apart in the most beautiful way. Vogue, 7 Dec. 2021 The Nooksack and Skagit Rivers, north of Seattle, are still rising and have yet to crest, so more rainfall on top of already rising rivers could create major flooding issues for nearby towns. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 29 Nov. 2021 Her phrases swell, tremble and spill over into melismas, and her verses crest with two different peaks. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 Swollen rivers began to crest at record highs Monday. NBC News, 16 Nov. 2021 Few expect this year to crest that total, especially as front-runner Wu holds such a significant lead in the polls that voters may conclude her victory is a foregone conclusion., 31 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of crest


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for crest

Noun and Verb

Middle English creste, from Anglo-French, from Latin crista; probably akin to Latin crinis hair

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The first known use of crest was in the 14th century

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15 Jan 2022

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“Crest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for crest


\ ˈkrest How to pronounce crest (audio) \

Kids Definition of crest

1 : a showy growth (as of flesh or feathers) on the head of an animal
2 : the highest part or point of something the crest of the wave the crest of a hill
3 : an emblem or design used to represent a family, group, or organization

Other Words from crest

crested \ ˈkres-​təd \ adjective


\ ˈkrest How to pronounce crest (audio) \

Medical Definition of crest

1 : a showy tuft or process on the head of an animal and especially a bird
2 : a process or prominence on a part of an animal body: as
a : the upper curve or ridge of the neck of a quadruped (as a horse) also : the mane borne on such a crest
b : a ridge especially on a bone the crest of the tibia — see frontal crest, occipital crest

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